In their second Proms appearance this summer, Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra explore the sublime landscape of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Christian Ihle Hadland joins them for Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, a turning point in the composer’s development.
David Hill conducts the BBC Singers and the Choristers of Temple Church in Britten’s choral variations A Boy was Born, written when the composer was just 19 years old, and George Lloyd’s Requiem, dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
A series of musical farewells as Osmo Vänskä conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s turbulent ‘Pathétique’ Symphony, Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and Anthony Payne’s orchestration of Vaughan Williams’s Four Last Songs.
Xian Zhang directs the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Tchaikovsky’s symphonic drama Manfred and the overtures to La forza del destino and La traviata. Celebrated Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja sings arias from Rigoletto, Luisa Miller and I vespri siciliani.
In the final Late Night Prom of the season, pianist Imogen Cooper plays Schubert’s late Sonata in C minor. Paul Lewis joins her for the composer’s ‘Grand Duo’, written in Slovakia in the summer of 1824 when Schubert was music-master to Marie and Caroline Esterházy.
Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony. Klaus Sonnleitner – the present-day successor to Bruckner as organist at St Florian’s Abbey in Linz – sets the scene with a sequence of works by Bach, one of Bruckner’s idols.
Marin Alsop becomes the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Joyce DiDonato and Nigel Kennedy join the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert that runs from Rossini and Handel arias to a mass singalong, and from Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending and rarities by Britten and Bantock to a new opener by Anna Clyne.